Day 2 Completed
|Blinds||30,000 / 60,000|
|Prize Pool||2,540,000 MAD|
Day 2 Completed
Nabil Cardoso Wins the 2016 PMU.fr WPT National Marrakech High Roller for MAD 650,000 (€59,594/$66,873)
The 2016 PMU.fr WPT National Marrakech High Roller attracted a big field with a total of 146 entries. After 12 hours of play on Day 2, Nabil Cardoso triumphed. The Spaniard, who final tabled the EPT Malta last year, netted himself MAD 650,000 (€59,594/$66,873) for beating the 146-entry strong field.
|Position||Player||Country||Prize (MAD)||Prize (±€)||Prize (±$)|
|1||Nabil Cordoso||Spain||MAD 650,000||€59,594||$66,873|
|2||Soufiane Ouadoudy||Morocco||MAD 450,000||€41,257||$46,297|
|3||Henrique Pinho||Portugal||MAD 315,000||€28,880||$32,461|
|4||Anas Tadini||Morocco||MAD 230,000||€21,086||$23,702|
|5||Sarah Herzali||France||MAD 170,000||€15,585||$17,519|
|6||Mathieu Selides||Egypt||MAD 130,000||€11,918||$13,401|
|7||Gabriel Ergen||Belgium||MAD 100,000||€9,167||$10,308|
|8||Bernard Guigon||France||MAD 80,000||€7,333||$8,247|
|9||Joseph Pineiro||France||MAD 65,000||€5,958||$6,700|
After a long Day 1, 40 players remained in the MAD 20,000 High Roller. An additional 6 players decided to (re)enter before Day 2 started at 4 pm, making for 46 players total gunning for the MAD 650,000 first place prize.
The players and staff of the tournament were startled when French high roller Imad Derwiche passed out shortly early in the first level of play. Players rushed to the table and the tournament staff halted the tournament while Derwiche was conscience again and seemed fine. What was rumored to be a case of a condition related to the intense heat outside, was rather quickly resolved when Derwiche returned, seemingly ok again. He had no issues after his return, though he wouldn't make it into the money. He didn't rush back to his hotel or had himself checked up after busting out, as he was seen in the tournament room till the early hours rooting for other players.
EPT Malta champion Jean Montury, Deauville High Roller champion Eric Sfez and many others made their exit before the money as well. Yassine Adib ended up the bubble. He moved in severely short stacked with queen-deuce suited. He got called in two spots, and one of them made top-two to end the bubble stage of the tournament.
With 17 players now guaranteed a cash and several short stacks still in, it wasn't for long for the final table of 9 to be formed. Amongst the players to cash but miss out on the final 9 were Romain Lewis (9th, MAD 35,000), Kully Sidhu (12th, MAD 46,000) and Johan Guilbert (10th, MAD 54,000).
While a lot of the familiar names had been eliminated before the final table was reached, the last table boasted enough star power to keep the room interested and entertained. Fan favorite Anas Tadini, the number 4 on the Moroccan all time money list, French grinder Bernard Guigon, PMU pro Sarah Herzali and Portuguese pro Henrique Pinho headlined the final table.
In the end, after several hours of play, the title went to Nabil Cordoso from Spain. At 4 in the morning, he defeated Soufiane Ouadoudy heads up with treys against ace-three. Pinho, who had won the Marrakech Poker Open in march this year, had busted just before that.
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Soufiane Ouadoudy limped in from the button and big blind Nabil Cordoso shoved all in. Ouadoudy, who had seen that move before, called all in quickly for 1,345,000 total.
The flop came , keeping Cordoso all in but giving Ouadoudy some new outs.
He added one more with the on the turn, but the river was a blank and Ouadoudy had to settle for second place (MAD 450,000/€41,257/$46,297).
Henrique Pinho limped in from the small blind and big blind Nabil Mohamed Abdien Cardoso raised to 230,000. Pinho shoved all in and Cordosa called before we could count how much the shove was for.
Nabil Mohamed Abdien Cardoso:
The board ran out and Pinho made his exit.
Pinho collected MAD 315,000 (€28,880/$32,461) fo his 3rd place finish. The remaining two players are guranteeed MAD 450,000 (€41,257/$46,297) and now battle to decided who takes home the title and the accompanying MAD 650,000 (€59,594/$66,873).
Anas Tadini was first to act and raised under the gun to 150,000. Big blind Henrique Pinho moved all in for effectively 910,000 and Tadini made the call.
The board ran out and Pinho doubled up while Tadini was left with 70,000. He was forced all in the next hand as the big blind (60,000) and ante (10,000) consumed all of his chips.
Nabil Mohamed Abdien Cardoso opened for 150,000 and the other two players folded.
Nabil Mohamed Abdien Cardoso:
The flop came , favoring Tadini. The on the turn made Cardoso a straight and the on the river was a blank.
The tournament has lost its most colorful character; Tadini eliminated in 4th place for MAD 230,000 (€21,086/$23,702). The remaining 3 players are now guaranteed MAD 315,000 (€28,880/$32,461).
With just 4 players remaining, just a single player will go home without a trophy tonight. Besides the trophy's, a bottle of Chivas Regal Whisky awaits the top-3 finishers.
A 10-minute break for the 4 remaining players.
Soufiane Ouadoudy raised to 100,000 and Anas Tadini shoved for 485,000. Ouadoudy called with and Tadini tabled . The board ran out and Tadini doubled.